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Academic Candidates

Louise Connors
Akerley Campus

As an 8 year employee of the NSCC, Akerley Campus and a 14 year employee of a national financial institute, I would be an asset to the Board of Governors representing faculty. At the campus level I am an active member of the Benevolent Fund Committee, the social Committee and the Convocation Committee. As well I chair the Awards Committee. On the college level, I sat on the Performance Appraisal committee. On the community level, I am a volunteer with the Junior Achievement program called “The Economics of Staying in School”.

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the college that establishes the policy direction for management. As a faculty Board representative, I would ensure that a faculty voice is heard.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:


John Drish
IT Campus

It is always tough to foresee the future, but letting speculation get in the way always leads to vital work not being done, important decisions not being made. As is the case with all of us, I have questions about my future. I don’t know what I will be doing or what life will bring me.

The Nova Scotia Community College is, in many ways, a lot like we who shape it. We don’t know what the future holds but we continue to work to determine how it unfolds.

With this in mind, I submit myself as a candidate for Academic member of the Board of Governors.

I am proud of what I have contributed to the college since being hired as an instructor in the Electrical Apprenticeship programme in October, 1998. I have participated in various school committees, am currently a NSTU campus representative and was blessed to be voted Valedictorian of my CCEDP class. As well, I have just been appointed as a member of the Education and Lifelong learning sector of Voluntary Planning, a Citizens’ Policy Forum (http://www.gov.ns.ca/vp/index.htm).

If you see fit, I look forward to serving my fellow faculty as our representative on the Nova Scotia Community College Board of Governors.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

NSCC Institute of Technology Campus
P.O. Box 2210 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3C4
(902) 491-4561

Steffie Hawrylak-Young
Halifax Campus

Dear NSCC Colleagues:

Please consider me as your Academic Representative for the NSCC Board of Governors when you cast your vote on November 20 or 21st. I invite you to explore my web site, http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/sdyoung which provides a brief overview of my educational qualifications and teaching experience.

I feel I am a worthwhile candidate for this position because of my commitment to quality education and my understanding of faculty issues such as providing a distinctive College experience for the student, maintaining the integrity of College courses, and personal and professional growth. Among my accomplishments are the following: · Communications instructor since 1986 involving over 2000 students from more than 25 programs in 3 campuses and all Schools (Applied Arts, Business, Health & Human Services, Trades & Technology). · Experienced facilitator of PD workshops for NSCC staff and the non-profit sector. · Certified trainer for major corporations in Front-line Management and Leadership. · Long-standing committee member promoting campus and College concerns.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

Phone: 491-4657 and E-mail : hawrylsa@halifax.nscc.ns.ca

Janet Moulton
Halifax Campus

I believe in strong representation from the academic community at the College. Also, I believe that we can improve the success of implementing our strategic plan through ongoing involvement by faculty and through forums such as the Board of Governors. Those who know me will agree that I am a dedicated, long-term employee of the College who is committed to our academic values and lifelong learning. My ongoing involvement with faculty working groups, course development teams, and portfolio has given me a strong knowledge base and application of that knowledge.

I measure our accomplishments through student success, academic excellence, industry involvement, continued improvement and change, which are a necessary component of our journey. The values of the College will continue to be strong. NSCC will change in order to achieve open communications and culture conducive to sharing the rich talents of faculty.

On a personal note, two of my three children are currently at the post-secondary level – one at Akerley and the other at university. My husband, Bruce, is a plumber and has in the past run a third generation family business in mechanical contracting. He understands the importance of skills training, as do I and supports me in every way.

I look forward to your support.
For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:
491-4738 or moultojl@halifax.nscc.ns.ca

Todd Verge
IT Campus

I love my job as a teacher. As faculty members we’ve all experienced the rewards as well as the frustrations of this calling. While the college continues to develop at an ever-increasing pace we need a voice from the front lines. In the 7 years I’ve been with the college I’ve taught in the core Computer Electronics Technician program as well as with extension and customized training. I’ve been at 2 campuses, in 3 departments, had 4 department heads, and when I started I’d never even heard the term “portfolio education”. I know what it’s like in the classroom and I want to be your voice with the Board of Governors.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

(902) 491-4665 - Room A262, IT Campus - vergete@it.nscc.ns.ca

Administrative Candidates

Jim Bate
Pictou Campus

Dear Colleagues,

This letter is to let you know why I would be a valuable member of the NSCC Board of Governors.

The following are some of my experiences and accreditation:

  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Department Head (Business Department), Pictou Campus, 1996-2002 and Truro Campus 2001-2002
  • Acting Vice-Principal, Pictou Campus, 1995-1996
  • NSCC Faculty Member, Business Programs 1992-1995
  • Consulting Business 1990-1992
  • Partner and General Manager of a Manufacturing Company 1985-1990

I would like to become a board member to assist in the governance of the College during these exciting times including the growth initiative and being established as the nation’s Portfolio College. The experience of the board will assist me in gaining a much broader understanding of the College. My dedication and positive attitude will enable me to work hard and become involved with several of the board activities.

I am currently involved with many school, campus and community committees including,

Articulation Committee, Chair School of Business
Marketing Committee School of Business
Convocation Committee Campus
Marketing Committee Campus
Professional Development Committee, Chair Campus
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Board Member Community
Pictou County Tourism Assoc., Board Member Community
Acts Theatre Society, member Community

Thank you for your consideration,

Jim Bate

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

(902)752-4828 or batejw@nscc.ns.ca

Sterling Feener
Marconi Campus

I am honored to have been nominated as Administrative representative to the Board of Governors for the coming term.

Please let me introduce myself. My name is Sterling Feener and I am a Manager of Customized Training with responsibility for both Marconi and Strait Area Campuses. I am writing this message with the hope of securing your support in my bid to be your administrative representative on the NSCC Board of Governors. I have been with the NSCC since January of 1998 when I joined the team at the Truro Campus. During my career with the College I have seen and continue to see the plethora of changes that have transformed our place of work into a modern, vibrant post secondary institution. One of these positive initiatives has been the Growth Initiative currently being developed in consultation with Fairwyn Developments and NSCC staff which will deliver a blueprint for College-wide growth over the next several years. I have had the privilege of being a member of the College Task Force as this plan is being developed. With your support, I will continue to work as a part of the NSCC team on the ever evolving and continuing task of improving our position and profile within the educational system of Nova Scotia. Thank you for your confidence and support.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

feeners@nscc.ns.ca (902)563-2193 or (902)578-4034

Support Candidates

Sharon Haughn
Lunenburg Campus

The evolution of the Nova Scotia Community College is extremely exciting and challenging.

As a graduate of the College and an employee of 28 years, I feel that my perspective from vast experiences will be beneficial to the continuing development of the College. I am deeply committed to the College, the implementation of our Strategic Plan, and getting to “yes” through the Development Initiative. For these reasons, I would welcome the opportunity to be part of the team leading the policy direction for the management of the College.

As a major stakeholder of the College, I would appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Board of Governors as an effective representative for the Support constituency.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

NSCC Lunenburg Campus, 75 High Street, Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
Telephone: 902-543-0611, Fax: 902-543-0190
E-mail: haughnsl@nscc.ns.ca

Sheri Hemeon
Burridge Campus

I am pleased to present myself as a candidate to the NSCC Board of Governors to represent support staff. I believe I can make a strong contribution to the Board, on behalf of staff, in continuing the implementation of our strategic plan. I believe in the vision of our College and know how we support all aspects and activities that lead us forward.

What gives me the confidence that I can represent support staff is my comprehensive knowledge of the College. I have seen how we contribute from many points of view.

  • I have a great working relationship with other support staff across the College and have served on the Administrative Support Conference Planning Committee for 2002.
  • As the Administrative Assistant to the Director of CollegePrep, I have contact and experience with all Campuses and the wider education community through the Department of Education, all regional & district school boards, their superintendents, staff, teachers and their students (future NSCC students), and community businesses.
  • I know what an excellent education NSCC provides and the support we provide to our students. My husband and stepson are recent graduates of NSCC. They both now have rewarding careers directly related to their program of study.
  • As Manager of the Burridge Campus Bookstore, La Booktique, I provide a service to students and know the importance of ensuring students receive the right books and materials at the right time. I have observed the excitement created when the new NSCC promotional items come in. I work directly with department heads and faculty to make sure students are equipped and ready to learn. This position has given me experience in time and financial management (as well as crowd control!)
  • As Media Relations Associate, Burridge Campus (volunteer), I am in contact with the local media. This allows me to have a direct relationship with the community and a greater understanding of how the media perceives NSCC.
  • I am also involved in my community. For the last three years, I have been an active member of the Yarmouth Parade Committee. I am involved in, and responsible for, a wide range of activities: planning, organizing and coordinating the Yarmouth Seafest Parade and Christmas Parade of Lights. I have also been captain of a Ladies Tug-of-War Team and coach of a youth Tug-of-War team.

All of these perspectives provide me with insight and personal experience in almost all areas and issues dealt with by our Board. With all of my college, campus, media, community and personal activities I know that I would be able to represent the support staff of NSCC and bring a staff perspective to the Board of Governors.

Thank you for considering my candidacy and I look forward to continuing my work with you in the future.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

Sheri Hemeon, 372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 2L2
902-742-3994 or 902-742-0785

Patricia Marie McKay
Shelburne Campus

I have been a member of the support team at Shelburne campus for fifteen years. Because of the size of this campus, I am involved in many areas of support. Presently my duties include Human Resources, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Bookstore, Cashiering, and inventory. I also fell in for student services as needed. I have had PeopleSoft training in all these areas. I have served on the following college-wide committees…Professional Development (Administrative Support Conference), Orientation, RFP for new software, User Benefits, College-Union and on a campus basis I am on the Computer Committee. I also was on the Negotiating Team for the last Collective Agreement.

I feel that history shows that I am very involved with the College and I would be an effective representative for support staff. I am a firm believer in life-long learning which I demonstrated by completing the Certificate of Business Administration at Mount Saint Vincent in 1999 through their Open Learning Program. I know the college is growing and I look forward to being a part of this on-going process.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

E-mail: mckaypm@nscc.ns.ca
Office: 875-8643
Home: 656-2018

Charlotte Rose States
Kingstec Campus

Hello everyone, my role here at Kingstec Campus is Human Resource Assistant/Administrative Assistant to Principal, Paul Goulden. I have been employed at Kingstec Campus of the NSCC since 1976. I took a one year Stenography Course here when the school was called "Kings Regional Vocational School" in 1975-76. In August of 1976, I was interviewed and was able to secure the position of Secretary to Guidance Counsellor. I worked in Student Services for approximately 4 years and then went through the hiring process and was appointed Secretary to Principal.

I have seen many changes in the way we service not only the students but the community and surrounding areas as far as providing quality education and service.

I served the College as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and was a member of the said committee for several years. I currently serve the Kingstec Community as Chair of the Standing Committee on Diversity, Member of the Discrimination and Harassment Committee, Member of the Critical Response Team for Kingstec Campus as well as the Campus Management Team. I have had the privilege of serving on various interview panels for various positions across the college. One such honor was to serve on the committee for Presidential Search for the NSCC in which Ray Ivany became President of our College.

I am a champion of the NSCC and would count it a privilege to serve as your Support Staff Representative from the South Electoral District.

Thank you for considering me.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at:

Kingstec - 902-679-7395
Campus Address - 236 Belcher Street, Kentville, NS B4N 4X5 (PO Box 487)
Email Address - statescr@nscc.ns.ca

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